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Afghans Blame NATO For Civilian Casualties

ISAF soldiers in Kanadahar (file photo) (epa) October 26, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- News reports from Afghanistan quote officials and tribal elders in southern Kandahar Province as saying indiscriminate NATO air strikes have killed scores of civilians this week.

The number of alleged casualties varies between 50 and 90, including women and children.

The deaths reportedly occurred on October 24, the second of three days of holidays marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

NATO said in a statement issued on October 25 that the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had received what it called "credible reports" that several civilians were killed during heavy fighting in Kandahar Province's Panjwayi district.

The statement said ISAF could only confirm that four civilians were wounded while approaching an ISAF patrol and that NATO "deeply regrets any civilian casualty caused."

Afghan central authorities have said they will send a delegation to the region to investigate.

(Reuters, AP, Pajhwok)

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